C of O Attraction Guidebook: The Keeter Center

IMG_6340The College of the Ozarks isn’t just a university for students — it’s a hub of activity for the community to enjoy and explore the unique culture and history of the Ozarks.

Conveniently located at Point Lookout near Branson and Hollister and just 40 minutes south of Springfield, College of the Ozarks is home to more than ten different attractions for visitors to enjoy. This week, be on the lookout for a series of blogs that will serve as your attraction guidebook to the C of O campus.

Whether you’re traveling to Branson this holiday season or you’re anticipating a visit sometime next year, make sure C of O is on your itinerary because there are just too many attractions you won’t want to miss here!


Located right at the front entrance of C of O’s campus, the Keeter Center was designed to reflect Dobyns Hall, a rustic lodge at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. According to the university’s website, the lodge was relocated to the School of the Ozarks (C of O) until 1930.

Keeter CenterToday, the Keeter Center features comfortable, rustic lodging for visitors, fine dining, a gourmet bakery, an ice cream parlor and the Beulah Winfrey Gift Shop, full of student-made products like delicious fruitcakes, baskets, stained glass and more. The beautiful 100,000-square-foot lodge also serves as a venue for special events like weddings and group meetings.

The exterior of the lodge is currently decorated for the holidays, sporting dozens of wreaths and twinkling lights and when you walk in the main entrance, you’ll be greeting by festive Christmas trees and warm aromas of Dobyns Dining room.

The Keeter Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to College of the Ozarks. Pick up a campus map, grab a bite to eat and scope out the gift shop for stocking stuffers and souvenirs.

The center often hosts special events  as well, including seasonal dinners, etiquette classes, cooking classes, car shows and more! There’s never a lack of activities here so make sure to stop by the Keeter Center when you stop by College of the Ozarks.

For more information about the Keeter Center, please visit www.keetercenter.edu.

Stop by the Branson Shows Blog tomorrow at 6 p.m. for the next blog post of the C of O Attraction Guidebook series on the Williams Memorial Chapel.


2 thoughts on “C of O Attraction Guidebook: The Keeter Center”

  1. It never occurred to me that the college would have stuff to do for the general public. What a cool idea! Thanks for the article!

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